DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon doesn’t usually compensate courtesy to details.
He’s a sum chase — meticulous, accurate — even for a man who’s retired.
“I never pronounced we was retiring,” Gordon said.
That was a large fact to remember Friday as Gordon gathering a sleek, new Cadillac antecedent on a sun-drenched Daytona International Speedway.
He incited laps on a highway march in credentials for a arriving Rolex 24, a twice-around-the-clock apex of American sports automobile racing. The competition isn’t until Jan. 28-29, though Gordon needs all of a lane time he can get right now.
“I provide this as if we am a rookie,” pronounced a 45-year-old Gordon, a outline that’s profound, even if it’s inaccurate.
His “rookie” stripes are vaporous by his numbers.
Before he stopped racing full time after a 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Gordon won 93 races and 3 Daytona 500s.
And total with his 4 championships, Gordon’s resume creates him a sure-fire, first-ballot NASCAR Hall of Famer when eligible.
But Gordon knows that one greatest is lacking from his racing resume — a desired Rolex 24 win. His usually Rolex start came in 2007, when he finished third altogether as a member of Wayne Taylor Racing. Ten years later, he’s behind with Taylor, co-driving a No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R with maestro Max Angelelli and Taylor’s sons, Ricky and Jordan.
And it’s not a fun float for Gordon, whose full-time racing career finished after a 2015 NASCAR season.
“I’m pulling myself to be as clever as we can presumably be,” Gordon said. “I never like to be a diseased couple in an classification or a group and we have 3 unusual drivers who are going to pull me. I’m enjoying it unequivocally many and carrying fun, though this is a competition I’d like to win.”
That presents a special plea for Gordon, who fast schooled final Nov that IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racing isn’t easy. When he initial tested a new Cadillac during a Charlotte Motor Speedway highway course, he was dumbfounded by a G-forces, a acceleration, a braking.
The ever-fit Gordon knew he had so step adult his earthy aptness to accommodate a challenge, so he’s now doing sessions with a personal tutor over a internet dual or 3 times a week.
Every fact matters.
“You can see since he’s found success, since he focuses on each aspect of what goes in a race,” pronounced Jordan Taylor, one of a IMSA’s tip immature drivers and 20 years Gordon’s junior. “He’s intensely humble. He came in with questions. We were awaiting to ask HIM questions for ideas and stuff, that we do, though he was seeking us true divided what to design in a universe of sports automobile racing, how to work traffic, how to work cold tires, cold brakes, restarts.
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“Even today, we were on array highway and he was seeking questions about opposite cars and what to expect.”
When it comes to Jordan Taylor, Gordon knows accurately what to design — a unexpected. The youngest Taylor is an unashamed prankster — a jester king of IMSA, if we will — and nobody is over his amicable media tomfoolery.
Not even a winningest NASCAR motorist of his generation.
On Thursday, Jordan attempted to antic Gordon by sauce adult as a superfan, glowing in a iconic rainbow jacket, mustache and jorts.
The video was going to go viral for sure.
“I figured he’d seen that a million times and I’d usually mix into a crowd, though he saw it entrance and kind of busted my day,” Jordan said.
“You got to watch out for that guy,” pronounced Gordon, who appreciates how a Taylors are creation this knowledge fun for him.
But there’s usually one kind of fun that Gordon truly loves. It’s a fun that comes when we win a competition and raise a prize and bask in a saturated confetti that covers a victors.
“I wish to have fun, though we unequivocally am usually going to be carrying fun and have a grin on my face if we’re on that lectern in a No. 1 position when a competition is over,” Gordon said.
That’s a many critical fact of them all.